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Women’s Tennis Uses Tiebreakers to Down McKendree

Article by: Jim Hunstein, jhunstein@lc.edu

The women’s tennis team defeated to visiting McKendree University (NCAA, DII) by the narrowest of margins in a hard-fought 5-4 decision on Tuesday, April 14.  The win boosts the team’s season record to 8-7.  

Three of the singles matches featured third set super-tiebreakers (first player to 10 points)and two matches had sets decided by a regular tiebreaker. Sophomore Claire Morrissey (Alton) won at #2 singles with a tiebreaker win in the first and third sets.  Freshman Nikki Steiner (Troy) won at #4 singles with a 10-4 third set tiebreaker.

The match of the day came down to sophomore Abby Mundel at #5 singles.  With the overall match ties at 4-4, Mundel split sets after dropping the first set and coming back to win the second, setting up the third set super-tiebreaker to decide the overall match.  Mundel lost a few early points but came back to take the breaker 10-7, securing the win for her and the team.

“One sign of a mentally tough player is how well they play in a tie-breaker,” said head coach Jim Hunstein.  “And to be able to succeed in close matches against a DII school says a lot about the make-up of our team.”

Following are the McKendree match results:

1D: Mel Schlaeger/Claire Morrissey (LC) def. Sara Janulavich/Jessica Gaither (MU), 8-6

2D: Taylor Stevenson/Nikki Steiner (LC) lost to Maggie & Kelly Ruane (MU), 1-8

3D: Alex Dennis/Abby Mundel (LC) lost to Hannah Harry/Charlee Goodman (MU), 2-8 

1S: M. Schlaeger (LC) lost to S. Janulavich (MU), 2-6, 6-7 (4) 

2S: C. Morrissey (LC) def. J. Gaither (MU), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-7 

3S: T. Stevenson (LC) def. H. Harry (MU), 6-3, 6-2 

4S: N. Steiner (LC) def. C. Goodman (MU), 7-5, 2-6, 10-4 

5S: A. Mundel (LC) def. Paige Kloth (MU), 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 

6S: A. Dennis (LC) lost to M. Ruane (MU), 0-6, 0-6